You were the one for skylights. I opposed
Cutting into the seasoned tongue-and-groove
Of pitch pine. I liked it low and closed,
Its claustrophobic, nest-up-in-the-roof
Effect. I liked the snuff-dry feeling,
The perfect, trunk-lid fit of the old ceiling.
Under there, it was all hutch and hatch.
The blue slates kept the heat like midnight thatch.
But when the slates came off, extravagant
Sky entered and held surprise wide open.
For days I felt like an inhabitant
Of that house where the man sick of the palsy
Was lowered through the roof, had his sins forgiven,
Was healed, took up his bed and walked away.
~ Seamus Heaney
Experience the intersection of these elements of life through dynamic and engaging Contributors, including Master Drummer Evans Coffie, Chief Cadmus Delorme, and Musician Roberta Nichol! Check out contributor bios here!
VIEW PROGRAM DETAILS AND SCHEDULE HERE. Friday night begins with a free pre-event at 6 pm with Archbishop Don Bolen and Rabbi Jeremy Parnes offering their presentation on Leonard Cohen. The paid program starts at 8 pm with musician Roberta Nichol.
Saturday starts at 9 am with a talk by Zarqa Nawaz and then there will be a choice of a speaker, or a musician/artist during most of the day. There will be a children's program, including a Messy Church workshop for all ages together. The day concludes with an all ages worship experience at 3 pm followed an optional session of Beer and Hymns from 4 to
5 pm. Ticket price does not include lunch - a separate lunch ticket can be purchased. Explore new ways of expressing faith, spirituality, and how to be church. We will experience each session through the theme for this year's Skylight Festival: Courage to...
Courage to...Stand up
All are welcome, to this queer friendly, wide tent of spiritual exploration. Spiritual but not religious especially welcome. If the ticket price is a hindrance to your attendance please let contact us to get information regarding how to register. Tickets at the door will be available for $30
A Taste of Skylight, is an opportunity for people to come and get a flavour of what the larger Skylight Festival is like. It is our hope to provide an experience of exploring the importance of the intersection of arts, spirituality, faith, and social justice.
HOW SKYLIGHT BEGAN...
The planning team for the national Skylight Festival is a small, ecumenical group of people passionate about arts, faith and justice. We each found ourselves longing to create an open space for people of diverse backgrounds to come together, exploring faith while engaging in art and being inspired by speakers and seekers of justice. So, we began to gather and dream. And the vision of Skylight emerged...
The summer of 2015 marked the first Skylight Festival -- a pilot for our 2016 official launch. Both Festival's were incredible! We continue to build toward an event that is offers a wide tent of expression of faith and spirituality.
THE SKYLIGHT VISION...
Nurturing a narrative of hope, joy and transformation, the Skylight Festival is a celebratory and creative space where diverse communities connect to explore arts, faith, peace and justice.